The state of California currently provides a favorable legal climate for egg donation.
However, due to the pioneering nature of reproductive technologies, the law continues to lag behind in defining each participating party’s ultimate role in the process. The laws regarding egg donation are either non-existent or differ from state to state. Because the issues are complex, EFS requires that a binding legal agreement between all parties involved, be carefully and thoroughly drafted and prepared, by an attorney knowledgeable in the area of Reproductive Law within their state. A carefully drafted, detailed Legal agreement outlining the critical issues involved in the egg donation process, delineating the rights and responsibilities of all involved parties, must be signed in a timely and accurate manner
The following information outlines key contract considerations and requirements designed to protect all parties participating in the egg donation process.
- Legal Counseling
- Establishing parental rights
- Financial responsibility
- Oocyte Donor Accident Insurance
- Confidentiality and privacy
- Legal considerations for egg donation
It is essential that all parties entering into an egg donor contract have legal counseling in order to ensure that the parties have had an opportunity to appropriately examine and evaluate the risks and consequences involved in the medical procedures, as well as the legal ramifications of entering into the written egg donor contract. Furthermore, in order to avoid any conflicts of interest, an egg donor must receive legal counsel from an attorney not associated with the intended parents.
Establishing parental rights
One of the most critical elements of an egg donor contract is the specific relinquishment of parental rights such that the child born under the agreement is considered the legal child of the intended parents, and to establish that they — the Intended Parents — “consent” to the reproductive treatment. Voluntary and informed consent must be obtained from an egg donor at the beginning of the donor IVF cycle.
The legal agreement establishes specific responsibilities of each party, as well as the financial responsibility of the intended parents for all expenses incurred pursuant to the contract.
Confidentiality and privacy
Any contract between an intended parent and an egg donor must address all issues and concerns regarding confidentiality, and provide for the privacy of all parties involved.
EFS relies upon the accuracy of the information provided by the egg donor and makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy or authenticity of information provided by the donor, or furnished on behalf of the egg donor. Although we are vigilant in our attempt to confirm all facts, verification of accuracy and authenticity of this information lies solely with the egg donor.